Woman, 100, Tied in Deadly Home Invasion Escapes, Calls Cops

Woman, 100, Tied in Deadly Home Invasion Escapes, Calls Cops

The search is on for a pack of thieves who police say tied up an elderly couple and ransacked their apartment in a violent home invasion robbery that left a 91-year-old man dead and his 100-year-old wife in the hospital.

The Thompsons were landlords and PIX 11 reported that the intruders may have been after money the couple collected from their tenants. Ethline was able to free herself and call 911 but her husband was unresponsive when police arrived.

Officers entered the home to find the husband tied up and unconscious on the floor. "But it wasn't a gunshot", the neighbor said.

Video from the scene showed Mrs. Thompson inside an ambulance, being treated at the scene for minor injuries. The husband was unresponsive after being tied up, and was later pronounced dead.

The couple's family said it was heartbroken by the incident. According to her brother Garfied Bringle, Ethlin Thompson was known to give out money to people in need. "Whoever did this either inadvertently learned where the valuables were or someone told them on objective".


Neighbors said the couple had lived in their brownstone for decades. Cops are viewing surveillance footage of two men walking along Decatur Street holding what looks to be a bag. The Brooklyn Borough President is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Adams also requested the community's assistance in helping Thompson's widow pay for the funeral expenses.

"She's doing much better", said Karlen Grose, a niece of Waldiman Thompson.

It's possible the attackers knew the couple, according to the News. "Their tragedy is a tragedy for us all", Adams said in a statement.

Waldiman, 91, and Ethlin Thompson, 100, were inside their ground-floor apartment in Brooklyn, New York around 3:30pm when four men broke in. It breaks my heart to see my uncle died.

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